Anja Pynenburg

Within my artistic practice, the human form, and in particular the female nude, have become central concepts and the framework for my studies. Developing work that utilizes both physical and digital mediums, I’ve established a method of play and experimentation in which the body of my work has been created. As a queer, female artist, I stand at the cross sections of both desire and familiarity in the images I see and create.
Drawing upon Classical paintings and experimenting with digital media, I found myself frustrated with the literal nature of the work produced. There lacked excitement; my forms seemed passive and expressionless. Utilizing the media but pushing the aesthetic further, I layered the paintings placing imagery behind them, creating abstract expressions of the female form. The resulting work sits between the sensual and confrontational, challenging the viewers experience and expectations of the feminine and the idea of modern femininity.

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